Most Singaporeans will recognise this as a cze-char stalwart. Business is always brisk despite competition from neighbouring Five-Star Chicken Rice which also does cze-char. Hubby used to frequent Sin Hoi Sai with family a long while back (he recalls good soon hock and kong pao chicken). For me, it's my first time last week.
This was a well-executed fried rice. Good wok hei with savoury fragrance of salted fish in every bite. But beyond that, it's really just rice, bits of egg, beansprouts and scattering of spring onions. Not a lot of other ingredients, so if you're only having this, you might be shortchanging yourself on nutrients.
Unfortunately the other dishes we had were disappointing. The soup was tasteless. The sambal kangkong needed more sambal. The yam ring was lacklustre, and we had trouble finishing it. The prawn rolls (horrors) had turned! I think the tofu bits had soured already. However, the lady boss was very gracious, she immediately took this item off our bill. No questions asked.
It's probably our (bad) luck ordering the wrong dishes. We did see delicious-looking platters of black pepper crab and Guiness pork ribs going to other tables. Hmm. One plus is that this place opens late, so I think I might come back again for supper sometime.
SIN HOI SAI EATING HOUSE
187 East Coast Road
Open 5pm to 4am daily
P.S. Does anyone know if this is related to the Sin Hoi Sai in Tiong Bahru?